is that I always get tempted away from social things by books or comics (mostly books and comics, that is. Occasionally TV or games.)
I really think, sometimes, that I need therapy to learn to cope with *people*. It can't be normal that even *pleasant* social interaction is so draining for me that I shy away from it, can it?
I've been job hunting and doing housework and reading, mostly. Yes, I stopped the LJ catch-up almost immediately after I'd started. There was a rather large number of interesting job ads recently, but that's no excuse, really.
Have some recs:beccatoria
made another awesome Farscape vid!
Actually, I'm sure she's made at least a dozen good vids recently, because she went a bit crazy last month and tried (possibly even managed?) to make one vid(let) per day. So head over there and enjoy
Did you realise you can read shitloads of classics of the fantastic genres for free on gutenberg.org? I've decided it's time to check out some of that old stuff, and have read Peter Pan
and am currently reading The Napoleon of Notting Hill
(I read The Man Who Was Thursday
years ago, though maybe a reread is in order...) Peter Pan was much odder, and darker, than I expected. TNoNH is about as odd as I expected, because after TMWWT I expect major weirdness from Chesterton. Got any recs of other old stuff I should check out? Maybe A Voyage to Arcturus? That's definitely available there. Or I could try to get back into News from Nowhere, I started that two years ago and then was interrupted by uni stuff...
I've also reread two webcomics I'd more or less stopped checking regularly because they were (and still are) in the habit of going on really long hiatuses. They're both really really good, though. Dicebox
is social science fiction with beautiful art and very three-dimensional characters and relationships. Hero
is fantasy with religous/mythological overtones, possibly set after some apocalyptic(?) conflict between some analogues between the forces of heaven and hell. Or something. Beautiful digital watercolour manga art, and a surprising sense of humour. (For even more webcomics, check out the links in my sidebar here.)
I've spent a bit of time playing flash games, too:
I really enjoyed Little Rocket
, despite the fact that it took me ridiculously long to learn how to control the rocket. But when I finally had the hang of it, I played the entire game through twice.Endeavor
is a nice, big-pixeled exploration platformer.Looming
plays like an extremely minimalist, retro version of Myst.Seasons
is another beautiful web toy/experience by the maker of Windosill
(don't ask me about the stupid "z"!) is a charming little point-and-click adventure that feels like you're reading a slightly surreal picture book.
is another example of patented Eyemaze madness. In other words, it's awesome.
I just rediscovered a very fitting old tag so I'm using it...